On the Beat: Gamecocks head indoors before first scrimmage
COLUMBIA – South Carolina offered a brief glimpse of some early formations and lineups during its Friday practice.
From left to right, Dennis Daley, Donell Stanley, Alan Knott, Cory Helms and Zack Bailey were the starting offensive linemen during an 11-on-11 drill. Quarterback Jake Bentley presided with running back Rico Dowdle behind him, and receivers Deebo Samuel, Bryan Edwards and Shi Smith were spread wide. Tight end Hayden Hurst was in the slot.
Bentley was mostly working on bubble screens during the limited media viewing session but also showed off a couple of nifty shovel passes to the tight end. Hurst, and later Jacob August, would come in motion from the left side, dart into the line on the snap and receive the short pass from Bentley in the middle of the scrum before turning upfield.
The second unit along the offensive line consisted of (left to right) Malik Young, Sadarius Hutcherson, Chandler Farrell, D.J. Park and Blake Camper. True freshman Chad Terrell was one of the second-team receivers.
On the defensive side, freshman Jamyest Williams took a few reps with the first team. He was in and out among the ones and twos at nickel and corner.
The rookie has impressed, although Edwards still managed to keep him in his place.
“I schooled him a couple of times … but Jamyest is a competitive dude. He’s smart and he’s real hungry,” Edwards said earlier this week. “He’s going to be a great player here.”
Taking it easy
The Gamecocks were indoors and clad only in shorts, jerseys and helmets. USC is set to scrimmage for the first time on Saturday afternoon. It is closed to the public.
Defensive lineman Shameik Blackshear was fully participating in practice after clearing concussion protocol. DL coach Lance Thompson said Thursday that Blackshear had missed a few days due to the knock.
Starting nickel Chris Lammons, starting safety D.J. Smith and starting corner Rashad Fenton each fully participated after being in yellow jerseys earlier in the week. The other starting safety, Steven Montac, was in yellow and had his right foot in a walking boot.
Receiver Randrecous Davis and safety Jaylin Dickerson continue to wear yellow, although Dickerson was also participating in practice.